As salty breezes blow in from the ocean and Jamaica Bay, they intermingle with the scents of authentic Thai cuisine on the outdoor deck at Thai Rock. Specialties include the Poh Taek, a hot-and-sour hot pot filled with a combination of shrimp, mussels, squid, and whitefish. Chefs also stir-fry rice noodles with egg and dark, sweet soy sauce to create pad see-ew, available with a choice of meat or vegetable such as chicken, certified Angus beef, pork, duck, or tofu.
As far as party spots go, Thai Rock lives up to its name. Live music rocks the indoor dining room year round, while tunes echo onto the outdoor deck and bar during warmer months. The deck, with its panoramic view of?and direct access to?Jamaica Bay, is definitely a highlight of Thai Rock, allowing for warm-weather fun including pre-dinner jet skiing thanks to Rockaway Jet Ski at Thai Rock. And, for the ultimate bourbon experience, Thai Rock offers a Pappy Van Winkle Dinner Party complete with your own bottle of this rare and highly sought after bourbon.
“Some New York restaurants hide behind unmarked entrances and velvet ropes. Laut hides behind its menu: a pan-Asian thicket of sushi, Thai soups and Chinese noodles,” said Julia Moskin of the New York Times. While the menu might be robust enough to provide shelter during hide-and-seek, the restaurant doesn't sacrifice quality for quantity, as the Asian fusion cuisine has garnered a Michelin star.
The food owes its authentic flavor to the owners, Malaysian natives Kathy Wong and Michael Bong, whose generations-old Malaysian recipes sing a culinary siren song to both city natives and tourists. The couple's kitchen staff only works with fresh ingredients, which go into the restaurant's signature sauces and flavor-infusions, including sweet chili sauce, tamarind dressing, and coconut rice. The eatery also houses a sushi bar, where the chefs do more rolling than an inner tube dropped from the top of Mount Everest. Its ample options and welcoming dining room make Laut “well worth a visit,” says Moskin.
The chefs at Breeze combine traditional Thai flavors with refined French techniques, crafting a menu that Dana Bowen from the New York Times called "a quilt of influences" in 2005. After settling in at the wooden tables that line Breeze's vibrantly orange wall, diners can indulge in succulent platefuls of duck, seafood, or tofu. Customers may dictate the intensity of their entrees' spiciness and order mild-tasting meals or dishes that are hot enough to smelt a handful of paper clips. In addition to the Thai culinary classics that fill the menu, Breeze also offers nontraditional items, including house-ground hamburgers and roasted-butternut-squash ravioli with a gingered carrot relish. Bar seating allows patrons to keep their whistles wet enough to carry on nonstop conversations with the eatery's several hanging televisions.
Ceetay's elegantly plated meals of grilled seafood, garlicky fried rice, and tender noodles tossed with colorful veggies tastefully blend the culinary influences of Japan, China, Thailand, and the United States. Like Bruce Springsteen lyrics embroidered onto a wool sweater, the interior evokes a post-industrial mystique that's strangely charming and cozy, with warm light from mason-jar chandeliers bathing small tables surrounded by walls clad in Chinese newsprint.
Two small open kitchens allow patrons to watch chefs prepare meals of maple-kissed beef, soba-noodle stir-fry, or hazelnut cr?me br?l?e. Interesting ingredients such as sea urchin, crispy salmon skin, and wagyu beef infuse sushi rolls with rich flavors and textures, and frosty Japanese beers and European and American wines offer suitable complements no matter the diner's dinner selection.
For a quick curry, New York's Lime Leaf is a great lunch or dinner spot.
Low-fat foods are not on the menu at Lime Leaf, though, so plan to indulge a bit.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on Lime Leaf's menu.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to Lime Leaf — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
Find ample room to enjoy yourself at Lime Leaf — this spot caters to large groups.
Call ahead for reservations to ensure your table is waiting for you when you arrive.
Drift away from stuffy dress-code conventions and dine in comfort at Lime Leaf.
Catering services are also available.
Find a space on the street or park in the lot not far from the restaurant.
You'll typically spend about $30 per person to dine at Lime Leaf, so plan your budget accordingly.
For a quick curry, New York's Talent Thai Kitchen is a great lunch or dinner spot.
The menu doesn't include any low-fat items, so set aside some extra calories for your visit.
Whether it's just you and a date or you're bringing the whole gang, it's best to call ahead and make a reservation.
Talent Thai Kitchen tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
Call Talent Thai Kitchen for catering if you have a big event coming up.
Brush up on your parallel parking skills — the restaurant's E 34th St location offers nearby street parking.
A mid-priced establishment, Talent Thai Kitchen offers meals that typically cost about $30 or less.
Major credit cards — including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express — are accepted.